In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.

 

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CARICOM Prime Ministers address ‘The Caribbean Dilemma’

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell (second right) and Prime Minister of Saint  Lucia, the Hon Allen Chastanet (right)
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell (second right) and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon Allen Chastanet (right) during the discussion on Thursday

Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Prime Ministers – Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the Hon. Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia – are currently in the USA, participating in a discourse titled ‘The Caribbean Dilemma’. The discussion is organised by the Miami Herald and presented by the World Bank.

The Conference brings together executives and top government leaders from around the Caribbean to discuss how to cushion Caribbean Basin economies from volatility in economic growth, the Miami Herald said.

The media house said that the forum also bring together panels of economists and business and financial leaders to discuss strategies for long-term growth, how small economies could “become more nimble in meeting external challenges, and efforts to strengthen fiscal and financial policies so Eastern Caribbean States aren’t so vulnerable to swings in trade, foreign investment and interest rates.”

Please follow discussion here.

Saint Lucia sargassum project to be presented at the Smithsonian

April 21-23, 2017

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A Saint Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. which will be held 21-23 April,2017.

The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1 000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists and artists. Presentations at the event will be streamed live to a global audience.

At a press conference held on Monday, Giles Romulus, National Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP) in Saint Lucia, detailed the project’s history.

Read more at: Government of Saint Lucia